Footage shows new Russian military activity near Ukraine – satellite company


MOSCOW, Feb 15 (Reuters) – New commercial satellite images show a flurry of Russian military activity in several locations near Ukraine, the private U.S. company that released the images said, amid fears Moscow could launch an attack on its former Soviet neighbour.

Russia, which has repeatedly denied invasion plans, is holding major military exercises in former Soviet Belarus, part of a dramatic buildup of forces in the north, east and south of the ‘Ukraine.

US-based Maxar Technologies, which has been tracking the buildup of Russian forces for weeks, said Tuesday that images taken on Sunday and Monday captured significant new activity in Belarus, annexed Crimea and western Russia.

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The images could not be independently verified by Reuters.

Maxar highlighted the arrival of several large troop and attack helicopter deployments as well as further deployments of ground attack aircraft and fighter-bombers to forward locations.

The footage also captured the departure of several ground forces units from existing garrisons as well as other combat units seen in convoy formation, Maxar said.

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Reporting by Tom Balmforth; edited by Andrew Heavens

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